Gideon Welles papers 1825-1878 1840-1864


Gideon Welles papers 1825-1878 1840-1864

Gideon Welles (1802-1878) was an American politician and editor. He served as Secretary of the Navy from 1861 to 1869 under Presidents Lincoln and Johnson after having political positions in Connecticut as a member of the Democratic Party. He left the party over the slavery question and became a Republican supporter. He edited and wrote political commentary for several newspapers in Connecticut. Collection consists of correspondence, official papers and writings of Welles. Bulk of the collection is correspondence mainly related to his public life and duties. Topics include political issues, the Civil War, operations of the Navy Dept., his political and literary endeavors, and family matters. Official papers contain memoranda, charters, contracts, and lists of ships and officers. Writings are drafts of articles, congressional reports, and notes on politics and the Civil War.

1.75 linear feet (7 boxes); 4 microfilm reels

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